Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   130 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Health, Human Services

Location: 4909 Laclede Avenue, Unit 1704 St. Louis MO 63108 USA

Mission: The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is a non-profit publicly supported organization dedicated to placing colorful, soothing photographs of nature in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers. Our vision is to create a shift in the way people view hospitals, from cold and sterile to warm and welcoming. We wish to change hospitals by humanizing their environments, a concept that is slowly gaining influence in many countries.
Results: We have placed over 4000 colorful photos in more than 250 facilities on 7 continents!
Target demographics: hospitals, healthcare facilities, hospices, clinics, nursing homes.
Geographic areas served: global
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 76-0720368
618 975 8545
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Rating: 5 stars  

I becmae involved because I knew the charity can always use excellent photographs to place in hospital rooms to give them a better healing ambience. If I got lucky with a photo, I sent it to the group. I also got some of my more excpert photography friends to send photos. All of us were treated with courtesy and respect.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I came to know this group when I was a patient in an Italian hospital. The Italian hospitals are spartan in their atmosphere. I noted some lovely photographs, however, on a few walls. These were from the Foundation. I then purchased one of them myself as a thank-you gift to the hospital. This group does an important job in helping those in hospitals recover in an atmosphere infused with beauty.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Italy when I was in a hospital for 13 days.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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The mission of the Foundation can be such a life-changing one that it is always a pleasure to participate and help expand it's cause worldwide.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Foundation since it's conception in 2002…. and I have to admit, when my mother had the idea to start this Foundation, I was a bit skeptical. She had always taken, in my eyes, beautiful photos for as long as I could remember but I just didn't think any health care facility would want HER photos. Moreover, how was she going to approach them and get hospital executives to listen to her? Was I wrong! Her confidence, optimism and positive attitude combined with an extraordinary vision and mission got her very far…. thousands of her photos are now in hundreds of health care facilities all around the world and are having a comforting and healing effect on thousands, maybe millions of people! Through the years, many people from around the globe have shared in my mother's vision and have volunteered their time, energy, photos and funding in incredible ways. It is comforting and gratifying to see how people are so enthusiastic about helping others in need. But the most rewarding moment, the reason that makes you want to keep on going on and do more, is when you get feedback from people that are directly affected by my mother's photos. They write about how a single image of nature hung in front of their hospital bed gave them beautiful dreams, gave them hope and helped them get through the dismal days and months during their sickness and care. When these photos touch a heart, and give the person a sense of hope, a love for life, then the Foundation's mission is achieved. It gives me great honor and pleasure to be able to help in my little way, from Tokyo, Japan, by giving advise on marketing strategies and designing marketing materials for the Foundation. I also helped coordinate two projects for two different hospitals in Japan and since 2009 have also become involved as a participating photographer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the reaction on people's faces when they look at the beautiful nature photos...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

I became aware of the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals at a Rotary International conference. Elaine gave a presentation which included a lot of her photography. Since that time which was shortly after the fouyndation was started I have heard many reports of how her art has benefitted hospitalized patients. Elaine has a great photographic talents which she has selflessly contributed to bettering conditions on hospitals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bettering the environment in hospitals and have read many testmonials from physicians and hpsital administrators.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how something that is so inexpensive can make such a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

completely in favor of this project.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach many more hospitals particularly in areas that cannot afford photo art.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I got involved with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals about 4 years ago when Elaine contacted me about creating a website. The more I learned about the her organization and the dedication, warmth and love she brings to care giving institutions the more hooked I became. Elaine and I have become friends and continue to improve the site so that its stakeholders(patients, health care facilities, and donors) will continue to succeed in amazing ways. My goal is to work with more clients, like The Foundation, that share a passion for doing good in the world. Richard Price – Ascend Interactive

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their dedication to providing warmth and comfort to those in hospital settings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

From a personal stand point, I can give testimony as to the therapeutic benefits of the photos from the Foundation. Even more amazing is the effect they have on the entire hospital staff. Because of Elaine's talent, dedication and hard work, the Foundation is contributing to the well being of untold numbers of people throughout the world. Written by Dale L. Fulton, a friend and neighbor of Elaine and her family in her home town of Sparta, IL, USA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our local hospital where during my stay I was quite pleased to find one of Elaine's beautiful photos in my room.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I love the idea that is at the heart of the Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals--combining compassion, love, beauty, and nature. Truly, this makes a powerful combination! I have personally seen what an incredible impact these photos have on individuals in hospitals, along with the dreams they inspire of a peaceful, loving, and healthy world. To them, these dreams are priceless, and resonate with the deep-seated human drive to survive, recover, and ultimately be restored to full health. The photos also carry great potential to continue making a difference far beyond the hospital walls by inspiring us all to work together in building a better tomorrow--by contributing to greater international understanding, environmental stewardship, and concern for our fellow forms of life on this precious planet.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having the chance to witness and be a part of bringing the pictures into places where they open up windows to hope and health.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Working and contributing with the Foundation is a priceless experience. I am honoured to be a tiny tiny part of a process that help people feel better while they are experiencing a very difficult moment of their lives. Part of the beauty of the Foundation is the fact that it was born on empathy for the other and real life experience. If one stops for a moment and imagines the patient condition inside a hospital, one realizes that a patient's mood is a crucial factor. The Foundation lifts that mood in a delicate and unpretentious way, using beauty as a medicine.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the beauty of giving

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

The FOUNDATION FOR PHOTO ART is dear to me because much like Elaine’s experience, my mother also spent a few months in hospitals until passing away in a 2002 in a hospice in New York City. For the months I essentially took residency in these hospitals, I too noticed how bare the walls were and wondered how a place like this could be made less cold. When I met Elaine and learned about what she did with the foundation I was very moved. I was even happier when she asked me to donate one of my own photos, which I did, proudly. I truly believe that these photos bring a ray of joy and inspiration into the lives of people who really need it. I am grateful to Elaine for giving me the opportunity to participate even if in a small way. Keep up the amazing work!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Inspiring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make millions of patients and their families' day a bit brighter!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

On a behalf of everyone at AHRC New York City, I would like to thank Elaine for bridging the opportunities for people with disabilities who are passionate photgraphers too.Thanks to Elaine, our photographers are contributiong to people who are healing in many hospitals by having their beautiful pictures of nature exhibited around the world!.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Its such a great opportunity to contribute throughout the HealingPhotoArt

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Connecting communities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Elaine is very passionate about helping people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

heal the world!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to contribute!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

making sure that the supports are pouring!

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is great to have people like Elaine in this world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Ho avuto il piacere di vedere fino dal suo inizio la nascita e la crescita della Foundation ed ho avuto anche l'onore di vedere come ogni giorno la Signora Elaine portava avanti il suo progetto con impegno e soprattutto tanto amore e tanta passione. Ed è questo che rende la Foundation for Photo Art in Hospital una iniziativa davvero speciale: nasce dal cuore di una donna come noi, che ha sofferto nel profondo la malattia e la perdita di una persona cara e che ha saputo trasformare questo dolore in un cosa bella e positiva per il prossimo. In questo modo di oggi dove l'individualismo e l'idifferenza sono ormai all'ordine del giorno, l'iniziativa personale di qualcuno che si occupi di sostenere, senza alcun profitto, l'animo di persone malate e di coloro che vi sono intorno è cosa rara ed unica. Sono fiera di aver avuto l'opportunità di entrare in contatto con la Foundation ed in particolar modo con la Signora Elaine perchè toccare con mano tanto impegno sincero e genuino scalda il cuore e fa sentire meno soli. Auguro con tutto ilcuore lunga vita alla Foundation ed a tutti i volontari che mettono ogni giorno un pò delle loro energie affinchè essa vada avanti e continui un'opera immensa di beneficio in tutto il mondo. Paola

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

vedere come da un profondo dolore può nascere una cosa bella da condividere

Ways to make it better...

se avessi avuto più tempo da condividere nel progetto

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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